Wednesday, February 3, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

Student-athletes are returning to action 

Campus Shot

There’s been plenty of Spartan spirit on campus in recent days with more teams practicing and starting their seasons. While fans won’t be able to watch contests in person, you can still cheer on the Spartans by watching the Athletics live stream.

A Message from the Dean

Dear Students:

Now that we are well into the spring term, I hope you have returned to a small bit of normality as you attend classes in the manner that you find optimal to your learning. In today’s newsletter, I will highlight several topics, including (i) summer and fall internship planning, (ii) instructional plans for the second eight weeks of spring in our graduate programs, (iii) CareerFest 2021, (iv) Sundays @ 7 Alumni Career Conversations, and (iv) the Launching Your Career – Job Search Workshops.
Summer and Fall Internships

As we enter February, registration for next year is about to open. (More coming very soon on this). Also, now is the time to complete the Dunham School's Internship Application if you are planning on a summer or fall internship (for academic credit).

Completing an internship during your degree program provides you with the ability to learn new skills, apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios, and increase your chances of receiving a full-time offer once you graduate. In many cases students will complete several internships during their undergraduate studies, further growing their skillset and increasing their employment odds.
Our undergraduate and graduate internship courses enable you to complete site-supervised, internship-based experiential learning while being mentored by a faculty expert in your chosen field of study. The internship courses provide additional instruction, support, and opportunities to further invest in your career readiness.
The deadline for applications for summer 2021 internship credit is March 1. The fall 2021 internship application deadline is July 1, with the spring 2022 deadline being November 1. For more information on completing an internship for credit, visit our Internships webpage.
Internship opportunities are posted daily through Handshake, the Dunham School’s closed digital professional network on LinkedIn, and through the Dunham School’s career listserv. For more information, please contact Brianne Di Pasquantonio, business internship program manager, at or 630-844-7574. 
Graduate Programs Instruction in Second 8-week Module (S2 21)

At the start of the spring term, we asked our campus-based graduate students on the main campus and at the Orchard Center how they wanted to experience their learning during the first 8-week module of the spring term (S1). Now that we are just over halfway through the first 8-week module, Professor Jacqueline Babb, director of graduate programs, will be working with our graduate students to plan for instruction in the second eight weeks (S2). 
As we continue to monitor the status of the public health response to COVID-19, we are conscious of the external factors that guide the parameters of how instruction will be managed. As we get closer to the start of the second 8-week module (S2), we will work with all graduate students to ensure an optimal balance between instructional delivery and community public health. 
In the meantime, if you have questions about graduate instruction, please feel free to contact me or Professor Babb directly for assistance.
CareerFest 2021

The 32nd Annual CareerFest will be virtual this year. The event will include local and regional employers offering internship opportunities and full-time positions in business, government, health care, manufacturing, nonprofits, and social services. Using an online platform, you will be able to meet with employers and hiring organizations at their virtual booths through one-on-one sessions and interviews. 
There is no cost for Aurora University students to register for CareerFest. Only registered students and alumni from the College Career Consortium of Illinois (CCCI) member institutions may attend.
The final deadline to register is Wednesday, February 10. Register here
Sundays @ 7 Alumni Career Conversations

AU’s Office of Alumni Relations and Center for Student Success continue the spring 2021 term with the third installment of the Sundays @ 7 Alumni Career Conversations series on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Join AU alumni for a 45-minute Zoom conversation about their career path. Learn insights into specific industries and how to get hired. This is your opportunity to make connections and to build your professional network. Upcoming conversations include:

  • Sunday, February 14, 7 p.m. – Jonathan Ingram ’03, Political Science
    Ingram is a management consultant with The Novak Consulting Group, a national leader in providing business consulting services throughout the U.S. Ingram has 16 years of experience in management consulting and local government management, most recently as budget manager of Cincinnati, Ohio. At AU, Ingram played football, served as a Spartan ambassador, and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
  • Sunday, February 21, 7 p.m. – Law School Panel
    This panel will feature three AU alumni and will be moderated by Dr. Matt Dabros, associate professor of political science and public policy and pre-law advisor. Students will gain an insight into how to prepare for law school at the undergraduate level, how to be a successful law school applicant, and how to succeed in law school. 

Launching Your Career – Job Search Workshops

AU’s Office of Alumni Relations is also excited to host several Job Search Workshops for you and alumni. Each workshop will advance your ability to navigate your job search, refine your resume, and master the interview process. Plan to attend one or all the workshops this semester. Registration and additional information are available online.

If you have questions, would like individual assistance, or if these workshop dates do not work for you, contact Penny Petropoul, assistant vice president for alumni relations.

Surveillance Testing Reminder

Finally, I want to remind you about surveillance testing for COVID-19. Beginning next week, residential students, nursing students, and full-time regular employees will be randomly selected for campus surveillance testing. Student-athletes will continue being tested as well. A small subsection of each group will be tested each Wednesday, allowing the university to identify potential exposures, as well as better monitor potential outbreaks. Those selected will be notified about testing via email. For more information, please refer to the February 1 campus update.


Toby J. Arquette, PhD
Dean, Dunham School of Business and Public Policy
Key Dates

February 4, 2021 Launching Your Career — Job Search Workshop

February 10, 2021 Deadline to register for CareerFest (via Handshake)

February 12, 2021 CareerFest

February 14, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Alumni Career Conversation: Jonathan Ingram '03, Political Science, Management Consultant with The Novak Consulting Group

February 16, 2021 Virtual Faculty Book Discussion: "In Defense of a Liberal Education" by Fareed Zakaria

February 21, 2021 Sundays @ 7 Alumni Career Conversation: Law School Panel

February 21, 2021 Module I – Last day to drop with automatic "W"

March 1, 2021 Summer 2021 Dunham School Internship application deadline. For more information, contact Brianne Di Pasquantonio, Dunham School Internship Program Manager.

March 5, 2021 Mid-semester vacation day
What we're reading

February is Black History Month
Aurora University is celebrating Black History Month by recognizing several notable alumni throughout February. Wallace “Mickey” Johnson ’74 played on the Chicago Bulls for five seasons, averaging as many as 18.3 points in 1977­–­1978. He played in the NBA for 12 seasons and retired in 1986. Rhonda Joy McLean ’72 is a notable public speaker, writer, and professional. She served as the deputy general counsel at Time Inc. for over 20 years and as the assistant regional director of the northeast region of the Federal Trade Commission for nine years. Odie Washington ’72 is a seasoned criminal justice professional with 43 years of experience at correctional agencies. He has also served on the AU Board of Trustees since 2018.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

The university continues to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) updates online. The webpage also includes links to FAQs, additional resources, and CARES Act Reporting information.

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